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Accor launches WhatsApp service for guests and staff communication

Accor Hotels UK & Ireland has introduced the facility for guests to communicate with hotel staff using WhatsApp. Guests at Accor can send a message via WhatsApp Messenger rather than use the phone in their room to contact reception or …

Uber cab charges go awry due to fare glitch

App cab Uber’s passengers in several cities were shocked on Wednesday when they were charged 100 times the advertised fare for short trips, a glitch that sparked jokes about surge pricing gone wild.   Riders in cities including Washington and …

Marriott International and Emirates partnership for loyalty programs

Marriott International and Emirates today announced the relaunch of Your World Rewards a partnership between Marriott Bonvoy and Emirates Skywards. The partnership which originally launched in 2014, allows Marriott Bonvoy and Emirates Skywards members who register for the program to …

Technology changing Indian travel & tourism industry

If you compare today’s travel and hospitality sector to previous incarnations, you’ll notice that technology has transformed how business gets conducted. It has eased the lives of travellers, service providers, aggregators and every single party involved in any stage of …

To endorse Melbourne, Alipay introduces mobile tool

A declaration from Ant Financial Holdings, the parent company of Alipay, explained that the Melbourne City Card was being endorsed by the City of Melbourne to business precincts along with shopping centers in a bid to help the retail, small …

  • LNVG’s Bombardier-built Fleet Passes 100,000,000 Kilometer Milestone

    Published on : Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that a Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) fleet has successfully completed 100-million kilometres of service since starting operation in 2003.   The LNVG fleet consists of 37 BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives and 220 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX double-deck …

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  • Ensygnia launches Onescan smartphone check-in service

    Published on : Monday, January 23, 2017

    At next month’s Travel Technology Europe show in Olympia, instant interaction specialists Ensygnia, will demonstrate and launch a new smartphone-based check-in and payment system that could help virtually eliminate hotel check-in queues. A new application of Ensygnia’s award-winning and patented …

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  • Bombardier’s PRIMOVE E-buses Pass 500,000 km Milestone

    Published on : Saturday, January 21, 2017

    Bombardier has announced that its PRIMOVE-equipped e-buses have reached a combined total of 500,000 kilometers of service. These environmentally-friendly buses are in operation on routes in the German cities of Berlin, Braunschweig and Mannheim as well as in Bruges, Belgium …

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  • Sabre helps Emirates to enhance traveller experience using merchandising technology

    Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

    Sabre Corporation is supporting Emirates airline with industry-leading technology that personalises the travel experience for consumers by enabling them to easily purchase a range of customised fares.  Sabre and Emirates have also signed a new long-term global distribution agreement to …

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  • Travelport Middle East & South Asia marks strong 2017 kick off with broadening of management team

    Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Travelport (TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing technology, distribution, payments, mobile and other digital solutions to the global travel industry has kicked off its 2017 Middle East and South Asia (MESA) operations strongly with the announcement of the broadening …

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  • Expedia will enable travellers to book hotels through Skype

    Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Expedia launched a Skype bot which will enable users of the messaging service to make their travel arrangements as well as modify them.     This feature from Expedia will help the bot users to search and make hotel bookings. …

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  • Three DevOps Predictions for 2017 by CA Technologies

    Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Today announced three trends in DevOps it expects will come under the organizational spotlight in 2017. DevOps removes the silos between the development and operations teams, advocating better communication and collaboration between the two units so organizations can achieve greater …

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  • Esri India launches GIS Academia Council

    Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Esri India, the country’s leading Geographic Information System (GIS) Software & Solutions provider announced the launch of GIS Academia Council of India. The council will serve as a platform for GIS knowledge sharing aimed at encouraging GIS adoption and promoting …

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  • ByHours certifies with eRevMax for 2-way integration

    Published on : Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Leading hotel technology provider eRevMax has completed 2-way XML integration with ByHours, a new room optimizing platform for hotels to generate complementary revenue. This is the latest addition to the eRevMax Channel Ecosystem that connects hotels to over 300 online …

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  • MyCheck Granted Patent for its Mobile Payment Technology

    Published on : Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    MyCheck, the leading mobile payment platform provider to the hospitality industry, announces that it has been issued a U.S. Patent No. 9,477,995 B2 related to the system, device and method of payment transacted through mobile payment applications. The patent covers …

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  • JetBlue becomes only airline with high speed Wi-Fi for inflight entertainment

    Published on : Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    JetBlue, the airline that changed in-flight entertainment forever when it first put live television at every seat, announced its latest onboard enhancement: always-free and speedy Wi-Fi connectivity on every aircraft from the departure gate to the arrival gate.     …

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  • Travelport Regional Manager recognised by the APAVT and awarded the Gold Medal of Touristic Merit

    Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform has today announced that António Loureiro, Regional Country Manager at Travelport was rewarded with the APAVT Gold Medal for his work with Portuguese travel agencies during the 42nd APAVT Congress.   APAVT – Portuguese …

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  • Will ‘fingerprint currency’ be the new wave in Japan travel industry?

    Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Japan has always been a loved travel destination choice amongst leisure as well as business travellers. Now the country is ready for an experimental try-out by introducing a system which could replace both cash and credit cards. As the footfalls …

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  • PlanetPass introduces cost sharing features for travellers

    Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    PlanetPass, a first mobile app that allows travelers to book walking tours on demand, introduced cost sharing feature for its customers.   Cost sharing essentially allows customers to pay less by dividing the cost across a larger group. It is …

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  • Shiji Announces the Acquisition of ReviewPro

    Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Shiji announced the acquisition of a majority stake in ReviewPro, the leading cloud-based data and analytics provider of Guest Intelligence solutions for hotels. The investment was made by Shiji (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary.   Since signing its first …

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  • TheHopper has launched! Meet the best app for live feedbacks and social travelers

    Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    TheHopper aims to bring a revolution to how we share both our daily experiences and our trips.One of the main concepts is allowing the users to give real time feedbacks about the places they are visiting. Wouldn’t it be nice …

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  • Trabug provides smart solution for smart travellers to India

    Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

    Trabug India announces the launch of its flagship product: Trabug, a solution suite that addresses a host of long-standing travel worries: how to stay in touch while on the move, how to discover new places of interest, how to stay …

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  • Sabre appoints Frank Trampert to lead its hospitality solutions business in Asia Pacific

    Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

    Sabre Corporation , the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, today announced the appointment of Frank Trampert as the Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer for its hospitality business in Asia Pacific. In this role, Trampert will lead …

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  • Marriott to expand ‘Mobile Key’ in app update

    Published on : Saturday, January 14, 2017

    Marriott Rewards is planning to introduce a new version of its Marriott Mobile App in January 2017. The Mobile Key will allow loyalty program members to check-in via the app, bypass the front desk and use their mobile devices to …

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  • Facial recognition technology enriched Spring Festival travel experience

    Published on : Friday, January 13, 2017

    The innovative technology of facial recognition has started to be introduced in major railway stations in different cities in China. This is a significant step that would go a long way in easing the potential chaos of Spring Festival.   …

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